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Area struggles with second snowstorm
By Staff Reports
Jan 30, 2014, 11:44

JAMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Inmates help clear the sidewalks around the Hopewell courthouse Wednesday morning.

Snow swept through the Tri-Cities on Tuesday evening, closing schools and causing trouble for drivers.

From 3 p.m. Tuesday to 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, Virginia State Police Troopers in Division I Richmond have responded to 336 calls for service.  Of those calls for service, troopers have responded to 117 motor vehicle crashes mostly involving property damage and 93 disabled vehicles.  Most of the crashes have occurred in the Richmond and Tri-City areas. 

Troopers in the Richmond Division are currently on-scene or responding to an additional 9 motor vehicle crashes involving property damage and 4 disabled vehicles. 

Statewide from noon Tuesday through 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, troopers responded to 474 vehicle crashes. 

One of the worst crashes involved an overturned tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 northbound at the 57 mile marker in Chesterfield County.

State Police responded to the scene at approximately 2:40 a.m. Wednesday morning after the driver of the 1998 International tractor-trailer lost control and ran off the left side of the roadway striking the jersey wall.  The impact caused the trailer to overturn onto its side. 

The driver, a 47 year-old male from West Haven, Conn., who was wearing his safety belt, was not injured in the crash.

Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors continue to work around the clock to treat and clear state-maintained routes. On Wednesday morning, roads in the Richmond area were in moderate to severe condition meaning that snow covers major portions of the roadway. Drivers are encouraged to limit travel until roads are passable.

VDOT is currently focused on clearing interstates and primary roads with salt and sand. Salt helps to melt the ice and sand provides extra traction for drivers. Crews are plowing roads that have at least one to two inches of snow accumulation. Drivers should limit travel as crews are able to treat and plow roads more quickly with less traffic.
MIKE DAVIS/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT A front end loader works in a parking lot in Chester on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, the Prince George Board of Supervisors meeting for Tuesday night was canceled due to inclement weather. A community meeting at the Chester library with Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle and Chesterfield County staff was canceled.

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